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Psychedelic drugs could heal thousands
    #8794057 - 08/19/08 05:29 AM (10 years, 1 month ago)

August 19, 2008 - guardian.co.uk
By Andrew Feldmár

Psychedelic drugs could heal thousands
New research into the benefits of hallucinogens alongside psychotherapy is welcome: in my experience they change lives

There is a horrible sense of meaninglessness and chaos that comes from the extreme loneliness of being cut off. Trauma, whether sustained in the family, or in the military during combat, renders millions feeling unsafe, insecure, mistrustful, and in the end isolated, lonely and desperate. Judith Lewis Herman, who wrote the definitive book on trauma and recovery, stated that all so-called mental illness and suffering could be seen as a person's misguided attempt to survive trauma. Fear separates, love unites. We all wish to grow to freedom, to belong, to participate. Hatred is like gangrene, shame is deadly. Forgiveness is but a faint hope.

Sandoz began to market LSD in 1947 as a psychiatric panacea, the cure for everything from schizophrenia to criminal behaviour, sexual perversions, alcoholism, and other addictions. During a 15-year period beginning in 1950, research on LSD and other hallucinogens generated over 1,000 scientific papers, several dozen books and six international conferences, and LSD was prescribed as an adjunct of psychotherapy to over 40,000 patients. The current research using psychedelics heralds a reawakening to the magnificent healing possibilities of these now prohibited substances. After over 40 years of repression or oppression, Rick Doblin of Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (Maps), and others are spearheading a more enlightened, less hysterical and terrified approach to the use of these substances. I am participating in what hopefully will be Canada's first government approved clinical trials in 40 years, sponsored and organised by Maps, evaluating MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for subjects with treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder.

There are many other applications of psychedelic psychotherapy, such as ibogaine, or ayahuasca for the treatment of substance abuse. Large numbers of people could benefit from the use of psychedelics as entheogens, introducing people to spiritual experiences, reducing pain and suffering due to isolation, by the irresistible realisation that each of us is a small part of something much greater than any of us, that separateness is an illusion, there is nothing to fear, and love is accessible, shame can be left permanently behind. Rites of passage, responsibly organised, could benefit everyone.

Despite prohibition, people have often asked me to attend their own psychedelic experiments, to keep them safe, to guide them towards liberation, the end of automatic habit patterns, kneejerk reactions, towards heartfelt responses, love, acceptance and forgiveness. After one session with MDMA, people were able to sustain insights gained, without further assistance from the drug. Psychotherapy proceeded faster and deeper than before: the debilitating effects of shame have been annulled, heavily defended hearts opened, and stayed open, and people acquired the ability to enjoy the sacrament of every living moment without distraction by past regrets or future worries. No small gains!

After three LSD sessions, a patient emerged from what was labelled chronic psychotic depression (she had attempted suicide three times, had been hospitalised, and given several courses of ECT, major antipsychotics and antidepressants), and was able to hold a job, derive pleasure from her days, and look forward to cultivating a varied garden of delights. She moved from cursing me for not letting her die to blessing me for the surprising freedom that opened up for her as a result of her LSD experiences. Psychotherapy, without LSD, would not have been enough, I'm afraid.

I can only hope that if new research with psychedelics proceeds in a responsible, careful and creative manner, the powers that be can begin to support and foster further research into this fascinating realm. I was 27 when I first tasted this incredible substance called LSD. Now I am 68 and for the last two years have been persona non grata in the US, because a border guard Googled my name, and found an article I wrote many years ago on entheogen-assisted psychotherapy. I hope I will be invited into the US before I die to teach professionals how to use psychedelics for the benefit of all.


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Re: Psychedelic drugs could heal thousands [Re: veggie]
    #8794340 - 08/19/08 08:56 AM (10 years, 1 month ago)

Very interesting. I think were slowly working our way towards a Psychedelic revolution.


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Re: Psychedelic drugs could heal thousands [Re: libertyshroom]
    #8795362 - 08/19/08 01:35 PM (10 years, 1 month ago)

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libertyshroom said:
Very interesting. I think were slowly working our way towards a Psychedelic revolution.




I don't think it's a revolution so much as a natural evolution towards embracing old style medicine in a new context.


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Re: Psychedelic drugs could heal thousands [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #8795388 - 08/19/08 01:42 PM (10 years, 1 month ago)

wut we are heading towards is a realization that we have been living and using the traditional fallacy as if it were a thought out true and tried method this whole time


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Re: Psychedelic drugs could heal thousands [Re: Coaster]
    #8796323 - 08/19/08 04:15 PM (10 years, 1 month ago)

How long will it take for the psychiatric community to realize that medicine that has been used naturally for thousands of years actually have positive benefits (ayahuasca/ibogaine) .  Also, the new semi-synthetics such as LSD have proven to have positive effects for people suffering with addiction....Even Bill Wilson the creator of Alcoholics Anonymous approved of LSD therapy as a highly effective treatment for alcoholics.  Unfortunately, the government knows that these drugs are also threatening to the dominating culture in place by the government.  After tripping, I would rather move away, go farm my own food and live in peace and harmony.  They need each of us as individuals to be gears in their machine....that isnt serving us, but serving people with lots of power and money....Mushrooms put me in the state of mind that living naturally is much more peaceful then living industrially.  The idea is radical, and after you are done tripping you revert back the the mindset that has been set in place by the dominating culture.... The great Terrence McKenna escaped by the dominating culture and living in harmony with nature... Everyone is so detached from this earth we live on....its sad really...but then again I am just mumbling about intoxicated on these boards.... I hope that psychedelic research continues and that MAPS shows the world that psychedelic therapy in the right context is a valuable asset to all people.

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Re: Psychedelic drugs could heal thousands [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #8796474 - 08/19/08 04:39 PM (10 years, 1 month ago)

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libertyshroom said:
Very interesting. I think were slowly working our way towards a Psychedelic revolution.




I don't think it's a revolution so much as a natural evolution towards embracing old style medicine in a new context.




Yea. That sounds about right.

Always refreshing to read articles like this. I really feel like we are getting closer to something big here. This year had really been huge for this movement.


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